London-based producer DJ Yoda has come through with a stellar new album titled Homecooking. While his previous releases have been more sample-heavy, this new release is much more focused on live instrumentation, with more collaborations that make this record a rich tapestry of sounds.
On tracks like “Rising Brook,” the lavish string and bass-heavy production is complemented by Eva Lazarus’ beautiful vocal performance. She also appears on “Eastville,” really bringing heaps of soul to her delivery, which adds to DJ Yoda’s string-heavy composition. The keys throughout “Kingswood” are angelic, and Andrew Ashong, who’s voice throughout the years has been one of my favourites, complements this record brilliantly. The heavy drumming and uplifting tone to this record make for a brilliantly captivating listen, which is the theme throughout this project. The heavy basslines on “Abbey Road” feature Nubya Garcia, Theon Cross and Henry Wu, who bring so much depth with their instrumental input throughout this record. Other features include Joel Culpepper on “London Fields,” Omar on “Thornton Heath,” Edo.G and Nubya Garcia on “Roxbury,” Soweto on “Soweto,” Jungle Brothers on “Afrika” and Baby Bam and Joel Culpepper again on Hither Green. The album is brilliant and exciting with its energy and personality, bridging hip-hop with UK Jazz brilliantly throughout.
Listen to DJ Yoda’s phenomenal new album Homecooking below via Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support! Released via Lewis Recordings.